Michigan Football: 4 Freshmen Who Could Make a Huge Impact This Fall
Every year we see a number of freshmen have impacts on just about every single team across the country.
Even though it's looking like Michigan's freshmen will have a minimal impact this fall, there will still be a few who contribute.
So just who are those few? Here's a look at the four freshmen most likely to play the biggest roles for Michigan in 2013.
4. Jake Butt
Michigan's situation at tight end is already strong, and the addition of Jake Butt will only make this unit stronger.
The fact that he was an early enrollee should really help his chances of seeing the field. Even if he hadn't been an early enrollee, though, he probably still was going to play.
While Devin Funchess and A.J. Williams each specialize in their own respective areas at tight end, Butt can hopefully provide more of a "total package."
He should be able to have an impact in the passing game, and hopefully he can be relied upon as a blocker as well.
Look for him to see playing time early and often this year.
3. Taco Charlton
Fans have already gotten a taste of what Taco Charlton can do, as he recorded two sacks in the spring game. This is definitely a sign of things to come.
Even though Michigan has a lot of depth and talent at defensive end, Charlton will still see the field this fall. He is too talented to redshirt and should see a decent amount of action.
Plus, he already has a similar body type as to what recent dominant college defensive ends have had, standing 6'6" and weighing 265 pounds.
Once Aaron Wellman gets a chance to work with Charlton and he grows into his body, he should turn into one of those dominant ends.
2. Dymonte Thomas
Like Butt and Charlton, Dymonte Thomas was also an early enrollee. It's no coincidence that early enrollees are the only players that have made up this list so far.
Big things are expected out of Thomas, even as early as this season.
It's looking more and more like last year's starting nickelback, Courtney Avery, may start opposite Blake Countess at corner, which would allow Thomas to step in and be this year's starter at nickelback.
Regardless of whether Avery moves or not, Thomas is still going to see plenty of action. Some think a move to safety may be in store in his future, but the coaches have made it clear he won't be playing there this season.
Behind Derrick Green and Shane Morris, Thomas just might be the next most hyped incoming freshman.
1. Derrick Green
It's a pretty easy choice having Derrick Green here at No. 1.
He figures to play a huge role in Michigan's backfield, running alongside Fitz Toussaint. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if these two backs basically shared the starting duties and become co-starters.
The progression of these two men, along with the progression of the offensive line, could make or break Michigan's season.
I hate using using that term and putting so much emphasis on a specific area or two, but that's how important it is.
Green should blossom into an absolute star here at Michigan; there's a good chance he will sooner rather than later.